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Executive action won’t fix gun problem

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President Barack Obama says his executive action on gun control is constitutional. Whether that’s true is debatable. But even if it is constitutional, it isn’t the right behavior for the executive of a constitutional republic. Because what Obama realizes all to well is that Congress — the legislative branch that…

Reader’s Forum — 1-6-16

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Reader’s forum for January 6, 2016. Support extreme sports complex I am writing to you in regards to the proposed Whitehouse Extreme Sports Park facility that is currently being considered. As a member of this community and a parent, I am fully supportive of this exciting new sports education and…

Push begins for bond referendum

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist A concerted push has begun in support of the $2 billion bond referendum that voters will consider during the March 15 primary election. During the first week in January, a pro-bond committee will officially launch its campaign to encourage “yes” votes on the bond package during…

OUR VIEW — City should be more aggressive

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Newly elected Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley is right — the city’s leadership will have to be “aggressive” in moving the city forward. For Hatley, according to an interview published on our website on Thursday, that means looking at other, successful municipalities and trying to replicate that success in Lincolnton. It…

Reader’s Forum: WhiteHouse Park – Building an Opportunity

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WhiteHouse Park – Building an Opportunity When I first shared my goal of an educational and training facility with family and friends a couple of years ago, I wanted to build a foundation in these young athletes’ lives to excel in life and their passion for extreme sports. Witnessing it…

Free speech doesn’t depend on the eye of the beholder

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ILYA SHAPIRO JAYME WEBER Guest Columnists Nearly 40 years ago, the Supreme Court held in Wooley v. Maynard (1977) — the famous “Live Free or Die” case from New Hampshire — that the First Amendment protects against being compelled to convey a message displayed on a state-issued license plate. Nevertheless,…

Americans should aid Syrian refugees here and abroad

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist “Syrians are everywhere,” an aid worker told me. “Everybody is poor now.” Well over a million Syrians are scattered across Lebanon, many in small “tented settlements.” Almost half live in sub-standard housing; many lack fuel and warm clothes for winter. Jordan hosts even more Syrians at…

Guest View: Growth can bring new challenges

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North Carolina’s population has now passed 10 million, a round number that gives us a reason to reflect on our state’s fast growth as we enter a new year. The nation’s ninth largest state, we’ll likely gain a congressional seat in 2020, adding clout in Washington. But the growth also…

Reader’s Forum – 1-1-16

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Reader’s forum for January 1, 2016. Make no-kill shelter a reality I spoke before the Lincoln County commissioners on Nov. 16, as a co-presenter on behalf of Helping Animals to Survive (HATS) to alert local leaders about a number of concerns related to Lincoln County Animal Services. The video of…

Don’t expect a lame-duck 2016

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist With the filing period over for election candidates, it is natural to look ahead to November. Let’s not do that. There’s still the second year of the biennium to get through, with the 2016 legislative session beginning April 25. Although the so-called “short session” is theoretically…